Significant Continuing Education
American Educational Research Association
National Association for the Education of Young Children
Wisconsin Early Childhood Association
Sigma Delta Pi National Hispanic Honors Society since 2010
Pi Lambda Theta since 2018
National and International Conferences
Local and Regional Conferences
As a third-generation early childhood educator, Crystasany R. Turner, PhD served over a decade as a preschool teacher and administrator in her family’s childcare business—now a nationally accredited early care and education program. Her philosophy and classroom practice are rooted in the pedagogy of care that was demonstrated her by her grandmother. In her years serving as a language and arts educator within Milwaukee’s K-12 classrooms and arts non-profits, she aimed to honor students’ various ways of expression, while fostering an appreciation for cultural and linguistic pluralism.
As a researcher on a $5 million grant, which focused on the professional development of experienced teachers in culturally responsive pedagogy, Dr. Turner measured school culture around diversity, equity, and inclusion. She also led an initiative to reconceptualize the curriculum of UW-Milwaukee’s Urban Education program to integrate culturally based, anti-racist practices throughout their coursework.
She has also authored numerous articles and book chapters that interrogate imbalanced social power, institutional inequities, and systemic oppression affecting diverse children and families. Dr. Turner is especially committed to illuminating the narratives of Black women and other marginalized groups who care for children while standing at the intersection of race, gender, and various social locations.
Now, Dr. Turner’s passion for serving diverse children and families through equity-based, culturally sustaining pedagogies is a driving force for her work as an Assistant Professor at Erikson. Students in her classes can expect readings and other content by diverse authors, hands-on activities, and critical reflections on how one’s own cultural standpoint impacts teaching and learning. Her goal is to develop reflective practitioners and critical scholars who question taken-for-granted social constructs and work to dismantle overarching structures of racial, class-based, and gendered oppressions.